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In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court. Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to. By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria. MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.


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In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court. Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to. By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria. MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.

30 review for Midnight Jewel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads 4.5 stars Last year THE GLITTERING COURT was one of my most anticipated new releases, and despite discovering that it 1. Had nothing to do with Fae, and 2. Was half-fantasy, it was one of my top ten books of 2016. MIDNIGHT JEWEL was even better. BUT. The story doesn't pick up where it left off, with Adelaide and Cedric beginning their HEA in Adoria's version of Rhode Island, it returns to the beginning, and tells the same story from Mira's POV. I wasn't bothered by this at Reviewed by: Rabid Reads 4.5 stars Last year THE GLITTERING COURT was one of my most anticipated new releases, and despite discovering that it 1. Had nothing to do with Fae, and 2. Was half-fantasy, it was one of my top ten books of 2016. MIDNIGHT JEWEL was even better. BUT. The story doesn't pick up where it left off, with Adelaide and Cedric beginning their HEA in Adoria's version of Rhode Island, it returns to the beginning, and tells the same story from Mira's POV. I wasn't bothered by this at all. I didn't reread TGC, but I remember how, as the story progressed, the girls had less and less daily interaction, so by the time they were on the ship, sailing towards the new world (which happened way quicker in Mira's tale), their paths had completely diverged. So no pesky "refresher" plot summaries from the first installment, which IMO are what ruin POV-switch stories. Also, as much as I liked Adelaide, once you get past the whole cash-poor-blueblood-running-away-to-choose-her-own-destiny thing, falling in love with a fervently religious type isn't super exciting. SPOILERS from The Glittering Court past this point. Mira, on the other hand . . . I had figured her out long before her story was told, and I wanted to know more. B/c PIRATE. Or Robin Hood-like land pirate, but whatever, a pirate is a pirate, and it was obvious that Mira was sneaking out the attic window to play Lady Aviel--so much more exciting than Adelaide, who was sneaking out the same window to see a boy and/or warn him that his secret worship service was about to be crashed by intolerants. Mira's story was plot-twistier too, and being an anti-hero pirate was only one of her secrets. It all added up to a better second installment, which, as we all know, is rarely the case, especially in YA series. Now all I can do is impatiently wait for Tamsin's version of the same events, and given how both installments end with her showing up to Cedric's trial with an army of Icori, I'm confident that Mead's latest series will out with a bang. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    From the author: For those who don't know the series set-up, each book is self-contained and covers the same story and timeline from a different character's point of view. I'd say about 15% of the scenes overlap in the two books, so I've got to make sure when that happens, every piece of dialogue matches. The rest of the material is all new, but it still has to keep pace with the first book and not contradict anything. #2's narrator (Mira) has a darker view of the story and also gives us a new From the author: For those who don't know the series set-up, each book is self-contained and covers the same story and timeline from a different character's point of view. I'd say about 15% of the scenes overlap in the two books, so I've got to make sure when that happens, every piece of dialogue matches. The rest of the material is all new, but it still has to keep pace with the first book and not contradict anything. #2's narrator (Mira) has a darker view of the story and also gives us a new perspective on #1's narrator (Adelaide). #1 had some mysteries about what the other characters were up to, and I'm excited for everyone to see what Mira's actually been doing. And who she's been doing it with. My review: Midnight Jewel is book two in the Young Adult The Glittering Court series. The narrator is Mira (told in first person POV). Since this is supposed to be the same story told from each girl's POV I wondered how the author would do that. But I was captivated right from the first chapter when we see Mira and Cedric. The question is could someone read this book who has not read The Glittering Court (book 1)? I suppose it would be possible. Midnight Jewel is a self-contained story. However, I definitely think that these books are meant to be read in order. If you haven't read the first book then you wouldn't know who Cedric is. And you wouldn't know about Adelaide's past. I think that the series is best read in order. I was extremely impressed with Midnight Jewel. It's the same story, but yet it's so different. There were really so many things that Mira was doing that the reader was unaware of during book 1. So it was nice to finally get to read the story of what was actually happening. Yes, some of what happens towards the end is a rehash of what happened in The Glittering Court. So that part loses its shock value. But that would be my only complaint. Midnight Jewel does continue on after what we saw in The Glittering Court. So that part was good. I look forward to reading about Tamsin's experiences. Since she is absent for much of the story. It will be nice to see what actually happened to her.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Meeeeehhhhhhh. ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead Book Two of The Glittering Court series Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: June 27, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was Meeeeehhhhhhh. ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead Book Two of The Glittering Court series Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: June 27, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court. Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to. By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria. MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom. What I Liked: This might be a case of "it's-not-you-it's-me" - but I was not feeling this book. I really enjoyed The Glittering Court, but I didn't feel the same enthusiasm while reading this book. It could have been a number of factors, but ultimately, I think this book wasn't as great as its predecessor. It could have been me, but I don't think that is why I didn't love this book. This series is a companion series, in which each book features a different protagonist. However, each book takes places simultaneously - for example, the storyline of The Glittering Court runs parallel to the storyline of Midnight Jewel. We see Cedric and Adelaide fall in love (from a distance though), and we see them get sent to the colony, and so on, as was told in The Glittering Court. Midnight Jewel is Mira's story, told from Mira's first-person POV. Mira was cast out from her country, and as a foreign-looking foreigner, she stands out in her new country (and not in a good way). She joins the Glittering Court not specifically looking for a husband, but wanting to escape a certain lifestyle - and to be able to pay off her brother's debt. But then Mira gets herself involved in dangerous situations to help others, and suddenly it's not just about the Glittering Court, or her brother. Mira's life is over if she is caught - but this savvy girl isn't about to get caught. I adored Mira in the previous book, so I was really happy to see that she would be the protagonist of this book. She is tough and headstrong, brave and persistent. She goes after what she wants with no fear, and she doesn't think twice to help others, even if that means endangering herself. Mira is every bit as complex and likable as I expected her to be. I liked her relationship with Adelaide. The two become very close friends and they share a great bond of friendship and sisterhood. No cattiness or pettiness comes between them, even though they are technically competing against each other within the Glittering Court. Tamsin is a good friend but she is also very competitive and looks out for herself. I'm very interested in seeing more of her story (hopefully in the next book) - she isn't totally likable but she is an interesting girl. Grant Elliott is the other important protagonist in this book and I liked him a lot. He is so clever and sneaky - he has a disguise and a face for everything. He seems like he has no softer emotions and doesn't like commitment, but he is a good guy and he softens a lot. He is a smart protagonist and I liked following his moves. He and Mira are the couple of this story and I liked this pairing, though I would have loved to see more physical interaction between them. They are a great pair on paper, with lots of spark and passion between them. I wanted more kissing! I'll talk about the plot and the story itself in the next section. Overall, the story moves along and I wasn't in danger of DNF-ing the book. The ending is very fast-paced but ends well, especially for Grant and Mira. The ending was satisfying and I definitely want to see how the series continues, with the next book. What I Did Not Like: There were a couple of things that I wanted more of, as general as they'll sound. I honestly thought the story moved too slowly. Like I said before, I wasn't in danger of DNF-ing the book; however, I was bored at many points during the story. The pace was just too slow and the story wasn't keeping my interest. I should have finished this book two months ago in May, but I wasn't feeling the story then, and I really wasn't feeling it now. The thing is, this book is big, the story long. I usually don't mind long stories/big books. But you really feel the length, with this one. The story takes place over months, but I felt like parts of the story could have been dropped. There was nothing important happening at X, Y, and Z points, but at A, B, and C, too much was happening, and sometimes the "too much" didn't seem to make sense together. I know none of this is really making sense but the long and short of it is that this book was a little on the boring side, with slow pacing and a meandering plot. Honestly? I don't even know what Grant and Mira were doing together (in terms of the subterfuge and gathering of information). Grant hires Mira to do some covert spying - but I can't even remember why, to what end. It's so bad, when you don't even quite grasp one of the biggest points of the story. I don't know what Grant was looking for, or what Mira was fighting for. Notice how vague my summarized synopsis was, at the beginning of my review (not the Goodreads synopsis)? It's because I either didn't know things or forgot things. Which is bad, because it means I wasn't interested. The romance was another thing I wanted more of. Grant and Mira have such chemistry between them - you can feel the tension and the passion. But there were so few actual kissing and physical scenes, and none of them had nearly enough detail! I wanted more making out! For such passionate and compatible characters, there really needed to be more (steamy) kissing sessions. I wanted to feel the romance, not just emotionally! Even emotionally, I wanted more. At least there wasn't a love triangle! I really didn't care for Tamsin. She's an interesting character but she isn't totally likable and some of her words and actions in this book kind of make me dislike her a bit. I almost wish she hadn't been a part of this story. But, parallel stories, so she had to have been. Look, overall, this book is an okay companion sequel, definitely not a bad book. But it comes across as mediocre and forgettable, especially if you put it up against The Glittering Court. I loved the parallel storytelling, especially since I forgot most of what happened in The Glittering Court. But Midnight Jewel, in general did not shape up next to its predecessor. Would I Recommend It: Mead fans should read this book, especially if you've read The Glittering Court. It's not a bad novel! Just... not super great. I wasn't really impressed, or invested, or totally interested. Which is sad, because I adored Mira and really wanted to love her story. Especially with such a yummy male protagonist opposite Mira. Grant is all kinds of awesome, and swoony. Anyway, Mead fans, go for it. People who aren't a Mead fan, or who haven't read The Glittering Court, you can skip Midnight Jewel. The first book was fabulous and I recommend it, but I don't really recommend this book. Rating: 3 stars. Again, this wasn't a bad book, and there is a huge possibility that it was just me, in terms of my "mehhh" feeling. But. I don't think so. This book didn't have the same spark that The Glittering Court did. Something about this story just wasn't as satisfying or interesting. But that's okay! I'll be looking out for the next book, hopefully next year.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I found it boring. I admit I feel disappointed. I expect a lot from Richelle Mead, I expect her to make me feel and keep me on edge. Here however, I couldn't manage any emotional investment. There are way too many parallels to the first book, and since I read one book after the other I found reading the same story tedios. In my opinion, it is a shame that the two books are so similar. The plot does change but everything that happens behind it is the same because both stories are happening I found it boring. I admit I feel disappointed. I expect a lot from Richelle Mead, I expect her to make me feel and keep me on edge. Here however, I couldn't manage any emotional investment. There are way too many parallels to the first book, and since I read one book after the other I found reading the same story tedios. In my opinion, it is a shame that the two books are so similar. The plot does change but everything that happens behind it is the same because both stories are happening simultaneously. Although, in actuality, that both stories happen simultaneously, and that the book is filled with parallels is not the problem. The real problem for me is that the way the background story is told leaves no intrigue, no mystery, no new angle, so it feels repetitive. I lost interest quickly and I almost left the book unfinished. Nevertheless, I do want to give the next installment a try. I can't and won't give up on Richelle Mead, after all, she is responsible for two of my favorite series of all time: - Vampire Academy Series - Georgina Kincaid Series The Emerald Sea (Glittering Court, #3) - 3 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Much better than The Glittering Court. Its very unusual for book 2 to be better than book 1 but that's the case this time. As I said in my review for The Glittering Court, I thought the main character from book 1 Adelaide was boring and the book lost its thread midway through. Midnight Jewel did not have those problems. The main character Mira is fun, tough, and has an actual personality. I'm so excited to read book 3 because I'm pretty sure that Tamsin's story will be my favorite.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bri •Books and Bri•

    Really? The Glittering Court sequel? Ummm, NO. I love Richelle Mead, but I will not be reading this. The first book was boring, terribly predictable, and the ending had one of the biggest cop-outs I've ever come across in a book. (view spoiler)[Everything is going against the two lovers getting a happy ending, but then a last minute loophole is presented and all is okay? NOT OKAY. I didn't buy it for a second. (hide spoiler)] Throw in the fact that the romance was lacking in chemistry when that Really? The Glittering Court sequel? Ummm, NO. I love Richelle Mead, but I will not be reading this. The first book was boring, terribly predictable, and the ending had one of the biggest cop-outs I've ever come across in a book. (view spoiler)[Everything is going against the two lovers getting a happy ending, but then a last minute loophole is presented and all is okay? NOT OKAY. I didn't buy it for a second. (hide spoiler)] Throw in the fact that the romance was lacking in chemistry when that is the focal point of the story, and I'm surprised I finished it. If Richelle Mead writes another series, I will definitely try to read it, but I gave up on The Glittering Court long ago.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rian *fire and books*

    Update! It took three times and 49 days of listening off and on but I finished it! I’m leaving my old review but here’s this one in a few sentences. Mira did have some wicked cool fight scenes but this was more about a political underground than anything. I’m glad she had such a great romance (and sex!). But this took me forever to listen to and I’m not going back for it again. This is, by far, Richelle Mead’s worst series and while I didn’t hate read it at all, I was bored. Tamsin’s story I’m Update! It took three times and 49 days of listening off and on but I finished it! I’m leaving my old review but here’s this one in a few sentences. Mira did have some wicked cool fight scenes but this was more about a political underground than anything. I’m glad she had such a great romance (and sex!). But this took me forever to listen to and I’m not going back for it again. This is, by far, Richelle Mead’s worst series and while I didn’t hate read it at all, I was bored. Tamsin’s story I’m sure will be full of jealousy for Adelaide, an amazing/harrowing storm, some more political intrigue, and probably another lame hetero pairing at the end. Le sigh. I’m tired. I don’t want to keep reading this story. ——————————————————————-—— So the last two in the series are supposed to cover the same amount of time, just from Mira and Tamsin's perspectives. Personally, I'm really hoping for Tamsin's as it seems like me the most exciting of them. Plus no gold stupid panning. Ugh. But I have a sneaky suspicion it could be Mira's that gets told. The problem is, I don't see how her story could contain as much substance as Adelaide's or Tamsin's. Unless she's secretly a princess with plenty of war zone flashbacks, I'm not interested. To me Mira's character wasn't properly fleshed out. She was always on the fringe, the quiet one nobody wanted. Of course, she is a badass with a crossbow - and of course how she gets her training will make for some cool scenes - but what really is there to Mira? Maybe that's the point, that she's a mystery. But it's not really one I want to solve. I'm wondering if why I so disliked the Glittering Court was because I can see how much better it would have been if the characters were fairies (you know that cover screamed fantasy!) or there was fantasy involved. It didn't get billed as an alternate 1800's filled with the nouveau riche, gold panning, Wild West shenanigans of a story and I wish it had. I would have come in with a different mindset. Instead, I'm disappointed and praying for Tamsin to be the heroine this story desperately needs.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Full Review On The Blog www.carolineandrus.com/blog Be still my heart. I think I love Mira more than Adelaide. Richelle Mead, you are my patronous; my spirit animal. When I grow up I want to BE you. *swoon* Go read this series. Action. Adventure. Pirates. Hate to Love romance.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Teodora

    Bulgarian review: https://bookishipster.wordpress.com/2... I'm really happy i got to read this book and return to the world of the Glittering Court! I found Mira's story even more interesting, intense and rich than Adalaide's, with much more twists, turns and difficult situations. 'Midnight Jewel' was such a fast and fun read, Richelle Mead didn't dissapoint me once again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed this book way more than the first book. For one thing, I felt like the writing was completely different, even though I know it wasn't that different. I also felt that the beginning was a lot more captivating in this book and I was intrigued by the church scene. Mira was a likable character and I could definitely see where she was coming from in most of her actions and comments. Still, I felt that she was a bit annoying at times, Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed this book way more than the first book. For one thing, I felt like the writing was completely different, even though I know it wasn't that different. I also felt that the beginning was a lot more captivating in this book and I was intrigued by the church scene. Mira was a likable character and I could definitely see where she was coming from in most of her actions and comments. Still, I felt that she was a bit annoying at times, especially when it came to the romance in this book. That said, I freaking loved the romance!! It was... Well, it was firy in terms of the two character's tempers and the actual romance. I was shipping this couple the whole way through and am so glad they got together. That said, I did find this book slowed way down at times and thought that some of the descriptions were unnecessary. Some of the fight scenes in this book were not described in enough detail, while there was plenty more description of other times, such as the ship journey. Lastly, I am sad to say that I found the narrator of this audio extremely boring. I didn't like the accents she used for some of the characters, but most of all, she seemed very monotone. Overall, Midnight Jewel was a really enjoyable read with a ship worthy romance, but I found that it was extremely slow at times.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Midnight Jewel was an interesting book for The Glittering Court series. I was honestly really hesitant to jump into this one because I didn't really care for the first book, The Glittering Court. In the end, I liked it but it was also kind of boring. This could be due to the narrator or just things in the story kind of being underwhelming to listen to. Midnight Jewel was about Mira, who started off kind of meh.. then became likable.. then became meh again. I liked how she was like the girl Midnight Jewel was an interesting book for The Glittering Court series. I was honestly really hesitant to jump into this one because I didn't really care for the first book, The Glittering Court. In the end, I liked it but it was also kind of boring. This could be due to the narrator or just things in the story kind of being underwhelming to listen to. Midnight Jewel was about Mira, who started off kind of meh.. then became likable.. then became meh again. I liked how she was like the girl version of Robin Hood and how she wanted to go where her brother was. Even though the guy always seemed to be in some kind of trouble.. like jail. Mira was an interesting character.. but I just despised when the narrator would give her an accent. I totally get that she was undercover.. but I hated it. My ears wanted to bleed. Then there was Grant. I loved Grant.. after I got past the "do I trust you?" stage. It took me a while to warm up to the guy.. but then when they started to sleep with each other - well, I got on board REAL quick. I loved them together. He made her more exciting in my eyes. Of course we see the same characters from the first book, mostly because every book in this series is from a different set of eyes. Adelaide, Mira, and soon to be Tamsin. Mira's book was a heck of a lot more entertaining than Adelaide's... but it did have better twists and turns than the previous book. If I'm being completely honest, I am more excited to read everything from Tamsin's POV. Hopefully that book will be the best. Overall, it was an okay audio book. I was so happy when Mira said she loved Grant.. and then I just waited and waited for him to say it back to her. THEY DESERVE EACH OTHER. I just want love.. and a really good third book. I have expectations set people!

  12. 4 out of 5

    ❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved the pirates and her constant late night sneak-outs and the romance between (view spoiler)[Mira and Grant (hide spoiler)] . I loved how it connected so well with the first book, and the moments between the books that overlapped. I loved how Mira was such a determined female, and how she always fought for righteousness, no matter what. I can't wait to hear Tamsin's side of the story, and the buildup to the third book throughout this book is impressive and has me super I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved the pirates and her constant late night sneak-outs and the romance between (view spoiler)[Mira and Grant (hide spoiler)] . I loved how it connected so well with the first book, and the moments between the books that overlapped. I loved how Mira was such a determined female, and how she always fought for righteousness, no matter what. I can't wait to hear Tamsin's side of the story, and the buildup to the third book throughout this book is impressive and has me super excited for its release!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanna (joreadsalot)

    Update: July 30 2019 This is still the greatest book to date. This was an awesome re read and I still believe that if there could be a higher rating than 5 stars , I’d give it to this book. Slow ——————————————————————————- If I could have given this more than 5 stars I would have. This was incredible. RTC Update: July 30 2019 This is still the greatest book to date. This was an awesome re read and I still believe that if there could be a higher rating than 5 stars , I’d give it to this book. Slow 👏🏾 ——————————————————————————- If I could have given this more than 5 stars I would have. This was incredible. RTC

  14. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    This was better than The Glittering Court. Having to reread their first year in training all over again was a bit annoying. It was like deja vu. Immediately as the book started we find out that the whole reason that Mira joins the Glittering Court is to go to Adoria where her brother, Lonzo, is a runaway fugetive. She needs to find a rich husband to pay his servant bond. This was better than The Glittering Court. Having to reread their first year in training all over again was a bit annoying. It This was better than The Glittering Court. Having to reread their first year in training all over again was a bit annoying. It was like deja vu. Immediately as the book started we find out that the whole reason that Mira joins the Glittering Court is to go to Adoria where her brother, Lonzo, is a runaway fugetive. She needs to find a rich husband to pay his servant bond. This was better than The Glittering Court. Having to reread their first year in training all over again was a bit annoying. It was like deja vu. Immediately as the book started we find out that the whole reason that Mira joins the Glittering Court is to go to Adoria where her brother, Lonzo, is a runaway fugetive. She needs to find a rich husband to pay his servant bond. Things start getting interesting when on the journey to Adoria she meets Grant Elliot who turns out to be a spy. Now of course we already know Grant from book 1 but what we didn't know is how well Mira and him know each other. Like I suspected that he was who Mira would fall for, but I didn't know they'd get involved so soon. So that mystery was answered. Mira and Grant's romance was frustrating. It's clear how attracted they were to eachother. But they're both not used to attachments and feelings. Like just wanted to lock them up so they could find a way to be together. Every time they argued I wanted to scream at them. Mira was really dauntless in this book. Working for spies and rolling with pirates. Like damn. She brave. Grants 's inability to express his feelings and emotions was hilarious. He throws hints hoping Mira will figure out what he's saying/feeling like its an Easter egg hunt. Face palm. It's endearing. Some problems I still have is the fact that the different countries and such are not explained properly. Like where is Lorandy? They keep referring to thins place and I don't even know if it's on the same continent. THIS SERIES NEEDS A MAP. (view spoiler)[Why don't we get to meet Lonzo? The whole reasons Mira is in Adoria in the first place is to reunite with her brother. So now he's free, but we don't get to see the reunion? That's stupid. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[Things I need to find out in The Emerald Sea: What happened to Tamsin on the grey gull? And their stay with the Grashond with the Heirs of Uros? Why is she so determined to have a super rich husband Gideon said he was friends with her, is this true? Or were they more? Did they have a secret relationship? (hide spoiler)] ............................................................................................................................ POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2018 prompt: A book involving a heist ............................................................................................................................ Buddy reading with the awesome Violet I'm so excited to find out more about Mira! And i hope we get some answers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    very nice reading, but even though I want to know what happened to Tasmin I can't possibly read the story a third time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 3.75/5 Review to come!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Richelle Mead returns to the world of the Glittering Court with MIDNIGHT JEWEL. This time, readers are introduced to Mira. She is different from the heroine in the first book because she is a refugee of war and now that she has been cast out of her home country, she faces obstacles that many others take advantage of. I’ve been a fan of Richelle Mead for years but this series is something entirely different for her. Although her writing is still exceptional, the world and the way this series is Richelle Mead returns to the world of the Glittering Court with MIDNIGHT JEWEL. This time, readers are introduced to Mira. She is different from the heroine in the first book because she is a refugee of war and now that she has been cast out of her home country, she faces obstacles that many others take advantage of. I’ve been a fan of Richelle Mead for years but this series is something entirely different for her. Although her writing is still exceptional, the world and the way this series is written is really something different for this genre. I’ve always thought that Mead had a very strong voice for Young Adult, and in this book, she once again proves why. I love the fact that she doesn’t simplify her vocabulary and worldbuilding so that her younger readers can understand it. She writes clearly and concisely while still giving enough details of the characters and the world. It’s these books like these that I think make younger readers want to read. In addition, I think readers can learn a lot from Mead’s books. The lessons learned can be applied to real life. The struggles that Mira faces can be seen in the refugees of our world. I also love that we have a woman of color as the main character. For me, these are all characteristics of a timeless book. Richelle Mead has really hit her stride with MIDNIGHT JEWEL. Although you can read this book as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the first book, THE GLITTERING COURT as well. I’m already anticipating what Mead has in store for the next heroine, Tamsin.

  18. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    I am so excited that we’re getting a sequel to The Glittering Court! I absolutely loved the first book and I am thrilled that this book focuses on a different character. The world of The Glittering Court is so mysterious and intriguing, and I can’t wait to get back into it. I hope that this sequel will be incredible as the first book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    Unnecessarily long. I love Richelle Mead's writing, but unfortuneately this one dragged a bit. Parallel timeframe to the first installment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Damaso

    [MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE GLITTERING COURT AHEAD; read at your own discretion]: Midnight Jewel is the second book in The Glittering Court series although it reads more like a companion. It follows the same time line as the first book just focusing on a different character. I was excited to dive into this one because it revolves around my favourite character from the first book. Mirabel Viana was always so mysterious and even reading about her through Adelaide's eyes, I knew that she was spying and [MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE GLITTERING COURT AHEAD; read at your own discretion]: Midnight Jewel is the second book in The Glittering Court series although it reads more like a companion. It follows the same time line as the first book just focusing on a different character. I was excited to dive into this one because it revolves around my favourite character from the first book. Mirabel Viana was always so mysterious and even reading about her through Adelaide's eyes, I knew that she was spying and sneaking around at night. So, when this came out I was like, "FINALLY I get to find out her story." Richelle Mead's writing is (as usual) great and her characters are diverse and raw. She has a way of interweaving characters that are so different from each other seamlessly. Mira spends a lot of time on her own compared to Adelaide who was almost always surrounded by her friends and Cedric. This gives the readers a closeness and fondness of her strength and determination. I would love if Mead gave us a short story bind up of each of the girl's history. Mira's especially is so interesting but it is never fully developed because of the craziness going on in the present story. Grant and Mira play off each other very well and it is so much fun to read because they are so stubborn and hard-headed that they drive each other insane, which in turn, makes me crazy as well. I also appreciate that we get a little more clarity as to what Governor Doyle is up to and the entire conspiracy behind the pirates and gold. It is explained a lot better through Mira because she is in the heart of the investigation whereas Adelaide was thrust into it at the end due to Cedric's religious beliefs and their scandalous marriage. All in all I really enjoyed this book, even more than the first one and I cant wait to read all about Tamsin and her adventures with the Icori, Gideon Prescott (who I'm pretty sure is her love interest) and the other Heirs of Uros. 4.5/5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay its time i sit down and type this review lol. Im definitely having a book hangover which really sucks. I find myself not knowing what to read next le sigh. Anyway this book was so much better than Glittering Court and i think its mostly because Mira is so cool! And shes like dont mess with me attitude which i love. I loved the spying and secret messages too! And all the people who were in involved with the heretic hunting was so cool to find out who was who and i find myself forgetting Okay its time i sit down and type this review lol. Im definitely having a book hangover which really sucks. I find myself not knowing what to read next le sigh. Anyway this book was so much better than Glittering Court and i think its mostly because Mira is so cool! And shes like dont mess with me attitude which i love. I loved the spying and secret messages too! And all the people who were in involved with the heretic hunting was so cool to find out who was who and i find myself forgetting about Adelaide lol im like whats she doing again? The chapters though were still long for me towards to middle i had to stop reading for the day cause i felt like i read so much. I really liked that we got to see Aiana more because in the first book she was just a beautiful mysterious woman but i liked seeing her more :). Also Grant *heart eyes* he was like what is this...is this feelings?..i dont like it! Lol it was kinda frustrating like i wanted to shake them both cause they were so alike . But my favorite moments! Were when Mira was trying her flirting skills on him and he got all flustered lol *squeal* towards the end were my favorite parts like how he paid to have her brother brought to town out of labor im like omg that's so sweet! Even though he was risking himself! Also when he suggested to her to become Mrs elliot i was like *squeal!!!* stahp! And how Mira told Silas and Aiana apparently he tried to propose before but i didnt really notice lol but he killed me!!! When he just made up the proposal right there!! I was ugly sobbing so much i cant they are so perfect together!! I really loved how Mira didnt only care about her love interest but about the people who lived in Adoria :). I was shocked when i found out who the main person of all the trouble was im like i had a feeling but was like nahhh and then yeah not gnna spoil it lol. The last page when Mira found out what Grant said in the other language i was like ahhhh!!*tears* this was a really good book and i love all of the characters!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dirty Dayna

    5 My Saasa Stars Going into this book I heard rumor it was the same story told by another of the Glittering Court girls and that scenes would overlap. I was terrified it would be the same story vomited back up. BUT IT WASN’T!!!! the scenes that do link up you see another side of a story you thought you already understood but in actuality you only saw a glimpse. The scenes that overlap still have scenes where you need the final puzzle piece to have it completely make sense. This story is about 5 My Saasa Stars Going into this book I heard rumor it was the same story told by another of the Glittering Court girls and that scenes would overlap. I was terrified it would be the same story vomited back up. BUT IT WASN’T!!!! the scenes that do link up you see another side of a story you thought you already understood but in actuality you only saw a glimpse. The scenes that overlap still have scenes where you need the final puzzle piece to have it completely make sense. This story is about Mirabel the refugee from Sirminica which is a war torn country and most people turn their head in disgust at members born there. Mirabel tries to stay true to her Sirminica roots but notices the rich suitors also turn their head in disgust and it appears there is only one suitor interested in her and he is a senior citizen and cannot give children. However Mira was always the girl who was a bit sneaky and was often missing in book 1. In book 2 you find out how perceptive Mira was the entire time and she becomes that strong badass heroine you wanted Adelaide to be in book 1. But now you see.. the jewels hid more than poor girls .. the jewels hid secrets. No one is who you think they are in book 2. There is love, treason, deceit and broken hearts spread amongst the pages of this book. I thought it was lovely and wonder what book 3 holds I hear it was a trilogy but there are 2 girls stories I would still like : Clara because I hate her and Tamsin because she has always been a mystery. Saasa means the star that guides you home

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)

    I can't wait for this very squeeeable sequel: I loved the Glittering Court incredibly, so here's a few facts, it's out next April 2017...! In the sequel but yet a readable stand alone, "Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were I can't wait for this very squeeeable sequel: I loved the Glittering Court incredibly, so here's a few facts, it's out next April 2017...! In the sequel but yet a readable stand alone, "Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court. Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well, men she would potentially be expected to give her life to. By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria. "MIDNIGHT JEWEL" is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Waaaaayyyyyy too much of the first book at the beginning of this story. At the end of The Glittering Court, they have all been in the new world for a while. I had expected this story to pick up at the end of -- or at least close to the end of -- the Glittering Court. But by chapter 3 of this story, they were nowhere near the new world. I didn't want to read the first story all over again, even if it was from Mira's point of view. So this is a DNF for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justin Turczak

    Richelle mead has done it again. I loved this book sooo much. Has a mix of everything of the glammed life of the glittering court thankfully not as much and gossipy drama first book had. It's has a lot of action and felt more had a connection much more with her love life. Plus maybe hints of pirates of Caribbean a bit ;).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Just a note to say that I love the cover of this book, but after the horrible experience of reading the first in this series, I think I'll give it a pretty hard pass.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Praiz Sophyronja

    I auto-buy everything Richelle Mead writes and this series has not disappointed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Violet H.

    I really enjoyed this one more than the Glittering Court. After reading there were some gaps. But now, most of them are filled. The rest will fill after reading The Emerald sea, I guess. I liked it! I like Mira and Grant! They are so passionate and all. But they won't put their 'differences' apart. They are cute and nice together. I wanted more things to happen between them. But, well, no luck. If things tend to happen as we wish, we would be the Kings and Queens of this world. *lol* I'll write I really enjoyed this one more than the Glittering Court. After reading there were some gaps. But now, most of them are filled. The rest will fill after reading The Emerald sea, I guess. I liked it! I like Mira and Grant! They are so passionate and all. But they won't put their 'differences' apart. They are cute and nice together. I wanted more things to happen between them. But, well, no luck. If things tend to happen as we wish, we would be the Kings and Queens of this world. *lol* I'll write the final review soon! This was the second buddy read with amazing Azrah! And it was amazing reading with you, Azrah! I just hope we enjoy The Emerald sea as much as these ones! <33

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    The Glittering Court was a novel I really enjoyed. For Richelle Mead if felt a bit different than what she typically writes. This series has no fantasy aspect, but Richelle always brings forth compelling characters and interesting plots to go along with them. Now when I startedMidnight Jewel I thought it was a continuation of Adelaide's story, which confused me because I remembered it concluding to read like a stand alone. When I discovered that it told Mira's story instead, I found myself The Glittering Court  was a novel I really enjoyed. For Richelle Mead if felt a bit different than what she typically writes. This series has no fantasy aspect, but Richelle always brings forth compelling characters and interesting plots to go along with them. Now when I started Midnight Jewel I thought it was a continuation of Adelaide's story, which confused me because I remembered it concluding to read like a stand alone. When I discovered that it told Mira's story instead, I found myself intrigued but also a bit relieved as I didn't have to try and play catch up since it had been so long since reading the first one. With that being said, this can be read as a standalone. Mira is a strong female lead, headstrong, and independent. Which makes things difficult for the time period, but also makes her an interesting and compelling personality to read about. I like her story as much, if not more than Adelaide's. Even as Mira gets involved with pirates, she keeps herself morally intact and acts more like Robin Hood than just a bandit. I really respect her choices and found her to be a character that I can admire.  Richelle Mead is one of the top authors that I idolize, having read most of her adult work. So I wanted to take a look at what makes her work stand out to me. What it came down to was really her character development more than anything. Her plots range from okay to great, but I came back every time for series that had 6 books a piece because of the characters. It really showed me how important it is to construct characters with a compelling personality. Mira had just that, an interesting backstory and a compelling personality. Books by Richelle Mead are always on my wishlist and I hope to read the concluding book of this trilogy which will follow Tamsin's journey in the Glittering Court. I am also on the lookout for a copy of Soundless. Please visit my blog to see all my reviews. https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

  30. 5 out of 5

    CallMeSensei

    Just found out that I won this through Goodreads giveaway program... Yay! I think of the 3 girls, Mira's is the story I want the most. Can't wait to read this.

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